Master of Peace and Conflict Studies

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

Students in our Master of Peace and Conflict Studies course come from a wide range of backgrounds and countries, which provides for a rich learning environment. Our postgraduate program at the University of Sydney is unique in its application of theories of peace and violence to the transformation of conflict in both interpersonal and political contexts. We draw on a variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, history and international relations. When you graduate, you will be prepared to engage with issues on a local and global scale.

You will have the opportunity to gain practical skills and experience through volunteering or working with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and associated organisation the Sydney Peace Foundation. You will also be encouraged to contribute to the Centre’s biannual newsletter, PeaceWrites.

Informed by the latest research, the course focuses on developing theoretical understanding and practical skills that can be applied to the increasingly diverse related work field. Graduates can go on to enjoy challenging and rewarding careers as consultants or employees of the United Nations, non-government organisations, universities, private sector, government departments and agencies.

Many units of study are offered in the evening or in intensive teaching mode, making it easier for students in Sydney who are wanting to complete the degree whilst working full-time. A number of units are also taught online each semester. Students who live and work in other countries or states of Australia are able to complete the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies degree via a combination of distance learning and intensive face-to-face teaching in Sydney.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Study plan

The MPACS requires the satisfactory completion of :

(a) a minimum of 18 credit points from core units of study;

(b) a minimum of 18 credit points from core electives; and

(c) a maximum of 24 credit points from elective units of study which can include an optional minor as listed in the unit of study table. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points of elective units can be taken from units of study outside those listed in the Peace and Conflict Studies subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including a maximum of 6 credit points from units of study offered by other faculties; and

(d) 12 credit points from capstone units of study.

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Peace and Conflict Studies is an interdisciplinary program which provides students with the knowledge and practical skills for a range of careers associated with conflict resolution, international peace and security, social justice, human rights, and community and international development.

Graduates of Peace and Conflict Studies work for the United Nations, international non-government organisations, local community organisations, universities and government departments, and as peace-builders, community workers, diplomats, academics, conflict resolution practitioners and researchers.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies requires:

(a) a bachelor's degree with a minimum credit (65%) average calculated over the whole degree, from the University of Sydney, with a major in the humanities or social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:

(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Important note:

The Master of Peace and Conflict Studies combined distance learning and intensive face-to-face delivery mode is not CRICOS registered and is therefore not available to international students on a student visa who come to Sydney to study on shore. Students wishing to undertake the course in this delivery mode should apply directly to the university by the choosing the Distance Education from the drop-down menu under the International applicants section and follow the prompts to apply for the Distance Learning program. Please consult the Australian High Commission for advice about the appropriate visa to come to Sydney to undertake a unit or units of study.

The MPACS course is also offered as an onshore course (CRICOS registered) for international students on a student visa who must apply through the International Office for admission.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

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Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

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Annual review

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

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Potential for inaccuracy

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